Vegetable lovers rejoice! There’s a hidden gem of a cafe in Glendale that is armed with veggies and is not afraid to use them. The Basement Cafe is nothing fancy, but they serve good, home-cooked food with a lot of flavor at a reasonable price.
Hunkered down in the basement of the architecturally iconic Hollywood Production Center on Brand, the aptly named eating establishment boasts few signs, so you have to go looking for it. It appears to have originally been designed as the commissary for the office building and still functions as such but is also open to the public. The charming tablecloths give it a homey feel, and the big tables make it a good choice for a working lunch.
The warm, friendly proprietress takes evident pride in her healthful foods. She serves slightly-out-of-the-ordinary sandwiches, such as German sausage, smoked turkey and Portobello mushroom, on vegan, daily-baked breads ($5.95 to $7.45). The whole wheat is outstanding. They also have a selection of Middle Eastern wraps and plates, like shawarma, gyros and kebabs. I don’t think their strengths lie here, however. Where the Basement Cafe excels is in their vegetarian and vegetable-rich foods.